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How to manage weight loss on Paleo from unexplained gain?

Commented on February 27, 2013
Created February 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I'd love to get some advice in my situation. I have just found out in the last few days that my GP's diagnosis of hypothyroidism was wrong. So I've been taking thyroxine for the past 9 months even though it was making my heart race, my skin dry and itchy, and left me short of breath. I'm glad that I'm no longer stuck on meds for the rest of my life, but I still don't have answers yet as to why I'm still struggling with fatigue all the time, and overthe past two years have put on about 10 kg for no apparent reason.

I'm very active, I always have been, and I'm also a personal trainer so it's an active job. I switched to trying a Primal diet to see if it would work for me. I really enjoy eating like this. Amongst the tests that ths new sports doctor wants to test for is for insulin dependence and PCOS. If this is the case then I'd prob need to go low carb, but I'm a runner, and currently training for a half. Would my training suffer because of this? I eat fairly low carb (about 80-150g)but I do get some carbs from occasional fruit, homemade larabars and milk in a cappuccino a day that I can't give up!

I really want to shift this extra weight. But I don't want to count calories any more, I've finally given it up, cos it made me too obsessive. I get really hungry often. Id be willing to try strict low carb Paleo but I worry about being able to find enough food that's easy enough for me to manage with long work days (often 6.30 - 7 or 8 at night). Any suggestions?

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:37 PM

Good luck with the half!

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Thanks for that, I'll have a listen. I am very aware, as a trainer, that it's a big ask to try and lose weight as well as keep my training up well. But this is my first half that I'm training for in over a year due to the above health issues, I'm not going for speed, I'll just be happy to get through it.

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:04 PM

It is going to be tough for you to eat to lose weight while also eating to maintain performance. You may want to choose one goal or the other to focus on otherwise it is going to be a fine line you have to walk.

If you want to focus on losing weight and getting lean try listening to Robb Wolf's podcast #125. The first question they discuss if getting lean on the paleo diet - I found it very helpful/interesting. Robb gives his suggested tweaks of the paleo diet to shed the fat quick.

http://robbwolf.com/2012/03/27/dietary-fat-fat-loss-episode-125/

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Thanks for that, I'll have a listen. I am very aware, as a trainer, that it's a big ask to try and lose weight as well as keep my training up well. But this is my first half that I'm training for in over a year due to the above health issues, I'm not going for speed, I'll just be happy to get through it.

7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on February 27, 2013
at 12:37 PM

Good luck with the half!

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